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Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:52 AM

84(R) HB 1445

H.B. No. 1445, and act relating to measures to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state, including the transfer of assets following the dissolution of the Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association, would create a fund for “supporting graduate medical education."

"The permanent fund supporting graduate medical education is a special fund in the treasury outside the general revenue fund. The fund is composed of: (1) money transferred or appropriated to the fund by the legislature; (2)  gifts and grants contributed to the fund; and (3) the returns received from investment of money in the fund."

"The trust company shall administer the fund. The trust company shall determine the amount available for distribution from the fund, determined in accordance with a distribution policy that is adopted by the comptroller and designed to preserve the purchasing power of the fund's assets and to provide a stable and predictable stream of annual distributions. Expenses of managing the fund's assets shall be paid from the fund. Except as provided by this section, money in the fund may not be used for any purpose."

"The amount available for distribution from the fund may be appropriated only to fund the programs created under this chapter and any other programs designed to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state."

If you are wondering if chiropractic would fall into the category of a program designed to support or enhance graduate medical education, the bill explains:  "Graduate medical residency training program” means a residency or other postgraduate medical training program:  (A) participation in which may be counted toward certification in a medical specialty or subspecialty; and (B)  that: (i) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association; or (ii) demonstrates eligibility to apply for and receive an accreditation described by Subparagraph (i)" [accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association]

Editor's Note:  Section 31 of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution states:  "PRACTITIONERS OF MEDICINE. The Legislature may pass laws prescribing the qualifications of practitioners of medicine in this State, and to punish persons for mal-practice, but no preference shall ever be given by law to any schools of medicine."

84(R) SB 622

S.B. No. 622, and act relating to the physician assistant board, would increase the PA board from nine to 13 members, requiring 7 PA, 3 physicians, and 3 public members.  It would stipulate that the president of the board must be a PA.

84(R) HB 1508

H.B. No. 1508, an act relating to the issuance of a license in this state to certain physicians licensed outside of this state, would encourage more physicians to relocate to Texas by providing for the expedited licensing of those physicians in certain medical specialties already licensed in another state.